Den­ver does it again

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FRONT PAGE - Don Makanyanga

CAPS UNITED have scored once in their last six matches, they have a sea­son av­er­age of a goal per match and gaffer Lloyd Chitem­bwe is un­der­stand­ably a wor­ried man.

Chitem­bwe ad­mits his charges have been found want­ing in front of goal in the sec­ond half of the sea­son but is not in a po­si­tion to ap­por­tion blame.

“The pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­ity of strik­ers is to get the goals, but when they can’t score, it be­comes the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the whole team.

“In as far as I am con­cerned, we are go­ing through a bad patch in front of goal,” said Chitem­bwe whose team welcomes Nichrut at the NSS to­day.

Caps United have had lim­ited op­tions in their front­line this sea­son.

The de­par­ture of 2017 Golden Boot win­ner Do­minic Chungwa saw John Zhuwawo be­ing thrust into the big shoes left by the Polok­wane City for­ward.

Zhuwawo did well in the first half of the sea­son, scor­ing nine times, but his form has dipped and a groin in­jury com­pounded his tra­vails.

He is yet to score in the sec­ond phase of the 2018 Premier Soc­cer League with 10 games to play.

“When your top striker, who has been your main source of goals, is not in form or is out with in­jury, nat­u­rally it af­fects the team,” Chitem­bwe said.

“I am happy that he is back from in­jury and look­ing at what he has been do­ing as an in­di­vid­ual, and what the team has been do­ing, you re­alise that the guys are also con­cerned with the lack of goals and are ea­ger to re­gain their com­po­sure in front of goal.”

“Hope­fully we will start get­ting the goals be­gin­ning with the game on Sun­day (to­day) now that he (Zhuwawo) is back.”

Caps United fans ap­pear to be slowly los­ing pa­tience with the tech­ni­cal depart­ment led by Chitem­bwe.

They di­rected frus­tra­tions to­wards the head coach be­fore and af­ter the team’s 0-2 de­feat by Tri­an­gle at home last week.

Chitem­bwe un­der­stands the frus­tra­tions of the fans.

“By na­ture, Caps United is a big team and be­ing a coach of such a big in­sti­tu­tion al­ways comes with such kind of pres­sure.

“We lost a num­ber of good play­ers, and we have strug­gled to get de­sired re­sults, it’s some­thing we ex­pected, and what is hap­pen­ing now is nor­mal in foot­ball.

“I think we haven’t done badly and I am happy with the progress that we have made this sea­son,” he said.

Turn­ing to to­day’s en­counter, the 47-year-old Caps United coach is con­fi­dent of a pos­i­tive re­sult.

“We have been work­ing on all as­pects of the game, par­tic­u­larly on the depart­ment where we have been found want­ing.

“I am happy with the progress the guys have made and it’s now time to im­ple­ment what we have prac­ticed in train­ing on match day and I am hope­ful of a pos­i­tive re­sult,” said Chitem­bwe.

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